Art and Art History

Art and Art History
Art and Art History
Art and Art History
Art and Art History
Art and Art History
Art and Art History
Art and Art History

Art and Art History

The Department of Art and Art History offers majors in art history, studio art and digital arts which prepare students for advanced study in their chosen field.


UNCW Mourns the Loss of Emeritus Associate Professor of Art History John Myers

It is with sadness that UNCW shares the news of John Myers’ passing on July 26, 2020. Myers, emeritus associate professor of art history, joined UNCW in 1980 as the sole art historian on staff. He served as chair of the department of art, music and theatre from 1990-96 and as associate director of the Honors Scholars Program from 2002-06. 

He was instrumental in creating the art history program and the digital image database for the department. In 2005, the John Walker Myers Scholarship in Art History was established in his honor. He taught at UNCW for 29 years before retiring in 2009 and continued teaching part-time until 2017.

“John was an example of what we can be as faculty. He was kind, generous, hard-working and completely dedicated to his students, the department and the community,” said Aaron Wilcox, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History. “It was truly an honor to work with him. He is going to be deeply missed.” 

Myers was dedicated to community service, serving on the Wilmington Arts Council as well as secretary, member of the board, and then president of the board of directors of St. John’s Museum, now the Cameron Art Museum. 

A celebration of life will be held at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Wilmington at a later date. Memorial gifts can be made online at John Myers Art History Scholarships Endowment


As we continue to prepare for the return to campus in the Fall, I know that students and families have more questions than answers. In the link below, you will find the message from the University and a link to the Best for the Nest document. The return to campus is all new territory for all of us and I know we are going to have to work together to create the safest possible environment and culture on campus. I look forward to seeing you soon. Stay safe. Stay diligent.

UNCW Announces “Best for the Nest: A Guide for Returning to Campus”


The Value of Art in Times of Crisis

In the midst of the latest tragedy in a long history of systemic inequality and the silencing of voices, I struggle with meaningful ways to respond and how I can lend my voice and the voice of the department to conversation and action. And then I realize that throughout the history of Art that is exactly what artists have done. Art communicates ideas, it tells powerful stories and when people spend time with the art, when they reflect, something is passed on.

 Art doesn’t have to be political to be valuable, it just has to help us see the world differently. That is something that it does by definition. Art doesn’t help with the short-term fix (not always), but it does play a role in the long-term solution. Art defines, or reflects, culture.

 We have the resources to do this. Through Art History, Studio and Digital Art we can respond to the world around us and create change.  We need it.

 - Aaron Wilcox


ON VIEW IN THE VIRTUAL GALLERY:Art in the Age of Social Distancing

Art in the Age of Social Distancing - A Virtual Gallery Exhibit

UNCW Art Students ~ Spring 2020

During this time of isolation, students around the world have been forced to adjust their studies and try to continue their education in a new way. This exhibition highlights the UNCW Art students by featuring their work that has come from this confusing and stressful time. 
This exhibition also features UNCW Digital Arts Senior Showcase. The images for these students are connected to a link to a website that will allow you to explore virtual reality, 3D modeling, web development/graphic design, technical prototypes, and topographical simulation.



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Welcome from the Department Chair

The Department of Art and Art History offers degrees in Studio Art, Digital Arts and Art History. We offer a range of classes and experiences that teach students about the importance of art-making, its implications, its history and its potential. This covers everything from ancient Roman Pottery to 3D printing with infinite tangents. Our curriculum is in a constant state of flux as we respond to what is happening in the world around us. We use lecture and seminar rooms; studio facilities for Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics Painting and Drawing; computer labs for Graphic Design and Digital Arts; and gallery and exhibition spaces to provide the students what they need to generate ideas and create solutions. Read more>